Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce American Hockey League’s (AHL) Willie Desjardins as their new coach next week, according to multiple media reports.
The 57-year-old Desjardins spent the past two seasons as coach of the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars’ American Hockey League affiliate.
The Texas Stars won the Calder Cup this season, and Desjardins was named the AHL coach of the year in 2012-13, his first season. In two AHL seasons he has a 91-40-21 record.
According to reports, Desjardins will meet with the Canucks in Vancouver this weekend and he will be their coach if “all goes as expected in the hiring process.”
Desjardins reportedly picked the Canucks over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He would replace John Tortorella, who was fired after one season.
Desjardins has experience in the NHL, spending the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as an associate coach with Dallas.
Desjardins spent 10 seasons coaching in the Western Hockey League, including nine with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He coached Canada to a silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.